Users of the Barnard Archives should expect to be treated with respect. The Barnard Library maintains a set of evolving community agreements for all users and staff. We uphold the central commitments of these agreements in the Archives, in particular these shared values.
We provide a space where people can expect to work in an atmosphere free of racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, and unjust attitudes, comments, behaviors, and actions. In order to provide this space, we:
- Avoid and interrupt microaggressions.
- Are cognizant of positionality and power, particularly when accepting and offering critique.
- Avoid and do not condone harassment or discrimination, including “unwelcome or offensive verbal comments (including jokes) or nonverbal expressions related to: age; appearance or body size; employment or military status; ethnicity; gender identity or expression; individual lifestyles; marital status; national origin; physical or cognitive ability; political affiliation; sexual orientation; race; or religion. Harassment can also include use of sexual and/or discriminatory images in public spaces (including online); deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; bullying behavior; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.” (DLF Code of Conduct, https://www.diglib.org/about/code-of-conduct/)
- Center reparative and redistributive frameworks to actively confront histories of exclusion of people with marginalized identities within our collections.
- Affirm the gender identities of all people in the Archives.
- Strive to center disability justice and to make our collections and spaces accessible to people with disabilities.
- In order to provide quality service to our patrons, Archives staff maintain a log of requests that we receive on an internal Google Docs spreadsheet. This log includes patron names, method of contact, contact information, the contents of requests, and steps taken to fulfill requests. We do not share the content of researchers’ requests outside of those working to fulfill such requests. We may, however, share de-identified or summarized data about our services and requests (e.g. the number of research requests in a year, or the most frequently used collections) as part of evaluating and enhancing our services.
- Barnard’s use of Google apps is bound by the G Suite for Education privacy notice; for more information, please see the Google privacy and security center. Additional information about how Google handles retention of deleted data is available here.
- If you, our patron, would like us to remove your information from our request log, opt out entirely from this tracking, or ask for any further protection of your privacy, please contact us at 212-854-4079 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make our best effort to accommodate your request.
We want the archives to be a welcoming and positive space. We support and affirm the needs of our users and their access to collections, and try to not put up additional barriers to access. Learn more about our commitments to access on the Information for your Visit page.
These community agreements seek to make the ways in which we are all interdependent on and accountable to each other more visible. We expect that users of the archives will join us in upholding these community agreements just as archives staff (and particularly archives directors) will be accountable to users and to each other.
We commit to upholding these agreements in small ways in all of the work that we do, but if you have an experience in which these agreements are not being upheld and would like to make a formal complaint, please contact the Archives directors (email@example.com). The Archives directors will talk with you, document action, protect confidentiality as much as possible (although we are mandated reporters and are legally required to report some incidents), and provide you with possible next steps. If you do not want to speak with a Director or Archives staff directly, you can contact the Barnard Library Dean Jen Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Barnard Title IX Coordinator.
If a user of the archives is not upholding our community agreements, the archives directors will ask them to change their behavior or, depending on the severity of the behavior, leave the archives. Archives directors may additionally follow up with the user.